Crock Pot on a Budget: Black Bean & Chicken Salsa Soup - Under $10

Holly at Nap Time
As soon as the leaves start to turn, it's soup season to me. This recipe will warm your whole family up (serves 6). The best part is it's a full family meal for under $10, and it can be adjusted according to your tastes (if you like it mild or like to heat it up!)

Disclaimer: The prices shown below are what I personally paid for each product, and may differ from what you are able to find in your grocery store.

Black Bean & Chicken Salsa Soup

Half-Pound Boneless Chicken (breasts or tenderloins) - $2.69
1 Large Can of Black Beans (26.5 oz) - $1.59
1 Small Can of Whole Kernel Corn (8 3/4 oz) - $0.89
1 Jar of Salsa - however hot you prefer (16 oz) - $2.59
1/2 Green Pepper, chopped - about $0.50
1 small red onion - about $0.30
1 Jalapeno Pepper (add whqole for mild taste and take out at end, or chop for heat) - about $0.28
4 Chicken Bouillon Cubes - about $0.32
4 Cups of Water

Optional Ingredients: (NOT included in price list)
Cumin (I used about 1 teaspoon)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Tortilla Chips
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese

1. Add all of the main ingredients to your Crock Pot slow cooker and stir. If using cumin or salt & pepper, add now.
2. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4-6 hours. Before serving, carefully use forks to shred the chicken up.
3. Serve as is or add sour cream, shredded cheese or tortilla chips to your liking. ENJOY!

I've been eating this soup for two days now (it made plenty of leftovers for our little family). The first night I just added a dollop of sour cream on top, but it didn't seem to add much to the flavor for me. Tonight when I reheated it, I added a little bit of cheese and broken up tortilla chips for a little crunch. YUM! The crunch really hit the spot, and I would dare say this soup was even better on day 2 after the flavors got to soak together more overnight.

For a thicker "stew" that you can scoop up with tortilla chips instead of eating like soup, try using 2 1/2 cups of water instead of 4 (and adjust if needed).

Yummy! Let me know if you try this one!

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  1. That looks delicious! I love having soup once the weather starts to get cooler.

  2. Yum! Looks hearty and delicious.
    Following you from the Feed Me Friday blog hop.

  3. Yummy!

    Hi New email subscriber from Feed Me Friday!!

    Mommy's Moments

  4. That sounds delicious - and so cheap!

  5. Yum! Yum!
    That's my favorite food.

    By the way, I'm your newest follower via GFC from the Friday Blog Hop.
    Please feel free to visit my blog. Looking forward to seeing you there, and hope you follow back. Thanks!

  6. Hi Holly, thanks for the follow! I'm following back!! I'm glad you found me - I've been looking for cheap and easy crock pot meals and this looks delicious! I'm so sorry you had to deal with croup. That does sound like the worst!

    For Love of Cupcakes


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